There’s a charming story about a successful CEO who was traveling with his wife along an interstate highway when he noticed the car was low on gas. He got off the highway at the next exit and soon found a rundown, one-pump gas station. The CEO asked the attendant to fill the tank and check the oil, then went for a little walk to stretch his legs.
As he returned to the car, the husband noticed that the attendant and his wife were engaged in an animated conversation. The conversation stopped as the CEO paid the attendant. But as he was getting back into the car, he noticed the attendant wave and heard him say, “It was great talking to you again.”
When they drove off, the CEO asked his wife if she knew that man. She said, “Yes, in fact we went to high school together and dated steadily for about a year.”
“Boy, were you lucky that I came along,” bragged the husband. “If you had married him, you’d be the wife of a gas station attendant instead of the wife of a successful chief executive officer.”
“Oh honey,” replied the wife, “if I had married him, he’d be the chief executive officer and you’d be the gas station attendant.”